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Spain wants to make amends to Sephardic Jews

New York, Mar 19 (EFE).- The bill to grant Spanish nationality to Sephardic Jews seeks to "amend an historic mistake," Spain's justice minister said here Wednesday. Spain wants to offer "an authentic historical reparation" to descendents of Sephardic Jews, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said in a speech before the American Jewish Committee in which he reviewed the progress in relations between his country and Sephardic Jews since they were expelled from Spain in 1492.

Sephardic Jews seduced by Spanish citizenship offer

Spain's offer of citizenship to the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country over 500 years ago during the Inquisition has sparked a flurry of global interest. Maya Weiss-Tamir, an Israeli lawyer who specialises in applications for citizenship in European countries, said she had received over 1,000 enquiries since the Spanish government approved the draft citizenship bill on February 7.

Spain to ease citizenship law for descendants of expelled Jews

Spain is poised to pass a law that will make it easier for the descendants of Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship, the government said Thursday. "We had to tell ourselves and the world that what happened was not only a mistake, but also that historical mistakes can be repaired," Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon said during a meeting in Madrid with top Jewish leaders from the United States called to discuss the reform.

Spain to ease citizenship law for descendants of expelled Jews

Spain is poised to pass a law that will make it easier for the descendants of Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship, the government said Thursday. "We had to tell ourselves and the world that what happened was not only a mistake, but also that historical mistakes can be repaired," Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon said during a meeting in Madrid with top Jewish leaders from the United States called to discuss the reform.

Spain to ease path to citizenship for Sephardic Jews

Spain's government said Monday it plans to make it easier for the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship. Spain already allows nationality to be conferred to proven Sephardic Jews, the descendants of the Jewish people who were expelled more than 500 years ago in a period of Roman Catholic zeal under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand. But under draft legislation approved by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's centre-right government Friday, successful applicants can also keep their original citizenship.

Spain to ease path to citizenship for Sephardic Jews

Spain's government said Monday it plans to make it easier for the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship. Spain already allows nationality to be conferred to proven Sephardic Jews, the descendants of the Jewish people who were expelled more than 500 years ago in a period of Roman Catholic zeal under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand. But under draft legislation approved by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's centre-right government Friday, successful applicants can also keep their original citizenship.

Israel's Sephardim abuzz at expanded Spanish citizenship offer

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The expansion of Spain's offer of citizenship to descendants of Jews it expelled en masse in 1492 has sparked interest in Israel, where the so-called Sephardim make up around a quarter of the population. While no one predicts an Israeli exodus to economically bruised Spain, a passport granting access to the wider European Union appeals to many in the war-wary Jewish state - especially its disproportionately large Sephardic underclass.

Feature: Jerusalem Oud festival tunes to Jewish-Arab reconciliation

Feature: Jerusalem Oud festival tunes to Jewish-Arab reconciliation by Pierre Klochendler, Yang Zhiwang JERUSALEM, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- It is said that in the Oud, the pear-shaped lute with the broken neck, lies the quintessential soul of Arab classical music. Once a year in November, the Jerusalem Oud festival brings oriental music to Israeli ears usually more accustomed to pop music and Rock'n'Roll, and orchestrates a prelude to Jewish-Arab reconciliation.
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